Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

April 20, 2015

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A Cappella Fest 2015

Select chorus groups from all five Central Bucks middle schools gathered at Tamanend Middle School to work together with professional a cappella artists, The House Jacks. After performing for each other and hearing feedback from The House Jacks, they all joined together to put on a concert. Tamanend's Chieftains and Gold'n Blues wowed the standing-room-only audience! After intermission, The House Jacks performed cover songs, original songs, and then they sang to crowd requests highlighting their skill at improvisational singing... incredible!

We recognize and appreciate Mr. Sanchez for coordinating A Cappella Fest for all of us in Central Bucks School District.

Reading Olympics

On Wednesday, April 8th, 32 students represented Tamanend Middle School in the Bucks County Reading Olympic Competition at Strayer Middle School in Quakertown. Three teams competed in the competition, and they were responsible to read each of the 45 books on this year’s list. We are so very proud of our Reading Olympic students! All teams received a ribbon and represented Tamanend well with their enthusiasm and respect for the other teams. Congratulations Reading Olympics!

We would like to thank the teachers who assisted the teams as chaperones, scorekeepers and moderators. Special thanks to Ms. Douglas, Mrs. Holloway, Ms. Littley, Mrs. McDonald, Ms. Roth, and Ms. Vitacco.

Hour of Code

Science classrooms used laptops to complete the "Hour of Code" challenge last week. Students used programming language to learn how to manipulate graphics on their computers. Some of the things we heard students say during the challenge started with "what would happen if...?" and "how can we make it [do something different]? We saw and heard collaborative problem-solving, risk-taking, and innovation... IF-YET-TRUST in action... Priceless!

Tamanend Art Show

The Tamanend Art Show will coordinate with our Spring Concert Nights on April 29, May 5, and May 11. Soon our students' art work will be displayed in the Art and Music Hallways and around the Auditorium. Plan to come early so you can see and hear the talents of our Tamanend students.

April is Autism Awareness Month

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Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Our Staff Appreciation Luncheon is set for Wednesday, May 6th. Parents are organizing the event that will be serving our staff at three separate lunches beginning at 10:30 AM. Any way that you are able to help is greatly appreciated.

To sign up please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545adad2da20-teacher

Tamanend Middle School PSSA & Keystone Testing Dates

7th Grade:

  • Math: April 21-23

8th Grade:

  • Math: April 21-23
  • Science Tests - April 28-29

Keystone in Algebra:

  • May 13-14


The best way to prepare for test days (and all school days) is for students to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and bring a bottle of water and a snack to school. Students should bring two #2 pencils for all testing days. Students should bring a calculator for the math tests. Students should NOT bring their phone or any other personal electronic devices to school on testing days.

Nominate a TMS Student for Boomerang Recognition

CB Cares Educational Foundation recognizes and supports the students of Central Bucks School District for living by the 40 Developmental Assets. This month's asset is

#25 Reading for Pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.


At Tamanend, we encourage our parents and students to nominate TMS students along with our staff members. Please submit your Boomerang nomination using this online survey. Nominations for this Boomerang Asset are due this Friday, April 24.

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Help Tamanend While You Shop or Recycle

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop and recycle:

  • If you shop at Target and have a Target Red Card, you can register your card for Target's Take Charge of Education program so that Tamanend receives a percentage of your spending.
  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card that gives money to the school you designate every time you shop. Use this link to select Tamanend as your A+ school.
  • Use this link to connect to Amazon to shop and Tamanend can earn as much as 15% of what you purchase!
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of the Tamanend National Jr. Honor Society care of Sra. Mars or Sra. Murry.
  • If you like to shop online, check out the eScrip Online Mall. When you sign up for an account, selecting Tamanend earns money for our school.
  • When you recycle your paper using our Abitibi bin located at the back of our Main Parking Lot, you have not only helped the environment, you help TMS, too.

Got R.o A.R.?

Notes from Previous Tamanend Connections:

  • Parent Volunteers Needed! Please use this link to chaperone, volunteer and support TMS. The code word is TMS.
  • Click here for up-to-date calendar information about the 2014-15 school year. The 2015-2016 calendar is also approved and published here.

  • There is a Parent Portal app for your smartphone. Click here for more information.

  • Click here to view previous Tamanend Connections from 2014-2015.
  • Click here to read previous Backpack Newsflash editions from CB Cares Educational Foundation.
  • Students may not arrive to school in the morning until 7:10 AM. That is when staff members are available to supervise students.
  • Click here to learn about CBSD efforts against bullying and for resources helpful to parents on this important subject and more.
  • To receive text alerts from CBSD, click here.

Tamanend Together is...

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